McNamee penalty blows promotion race wide open
NIALL McNamee scored a late penalty as Offaly ended Antrim's 100pc record with a dramatic win in Tullamore yesterday.
The hosts played poorly for much of the game and trailed by four points with 16 minutes left. Suddenly, however, they sprang to life with two points from McNamee.
Brendan Herron reopened a three-point gap but David Egan reduced the deficit before McNamee stroked home the winning penalty with seven minutes left.
There was still time for Antrim to recover but Patrick Cunningham, who had been deadly accurate, missed a late free and Offaly held on to blow the division wide open.
SCORERS: Offaly -- N McNamee 1-2 (1-0 pen), D Egan 0-3, J Reynolds, C McManus (0-1f) 0-2 each. Antrim -- P Cunningham 1-6 (1-0 pen, 0-3f), B Herron, C Close 0-1 each.
OFFALY -- A Mulhall; S Lonergan, S Sullivan, C Kiely; B Darby, K Slattery, P McConway; R Dalton, J Coughlan; A Sullivan, P Sullivan, C McManus; D Egan, J Reynolds, N McNamee. Subs: B Connor for P Sullivan (29), A Lynam for Lonergan (29), S Brady for Coughlan (57).
ANTRIM -- S McGreevy; D McCann, A Douglas, K O'Boyle; T Scullion, P Carey, D O'Hagan; M McCann, B Herron; C Close, T McCann, J Loughrey; P Cunningham, G O'Boyle, C Murray. Subs: P Doherty for Close (49), M Pollock for T McCann (53), S Finch for D McCann (69).
REF -- T Quigley (Dublin).